Half a century of UK gerontology research, theory, policy and practice are under the spotlight in this landmark critical review of the subject that places the country’s achievements in an international context.
Drawing on the archives of the British Society of Gerontology and interviews with dozens of the most influential figures in the field, it provides a comprehensive picture of key developments and issues and looks to the future to plot new directions in thinking. This is the story of the remarkable progress of gerontology, told through the eyes of those who have led it.
“I am in awe of the authors’ ability to produce such a compelling and nuanced account of the development of gerontology in the UK." Thomas Scharf, Newcastle University
"The people, the times, the contexts – these all come 'alive' through the voices and insights of prominent UK gerontologists who shaped their field. Their 'reflexive seniority' makes for a splendid read!" Anne Martin-Matthews, The University of British Columbia
"This book is a wonderful journey through the dynamic and ongoing life of the discipline of gerontology in the UK, viewed through the eyes of familiar colleagues and friends." Athina Vlachantoni, University of Southampton
Miriam Bernard is Emeritus Professor of Social Gerontology at Keele University. She has researched and written widely on ageing, and was President of the British Society of Gerontology from 2010-2012.
Mo Ray is Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. She teaches, researches and writes on ageing and social work with older people.
Jackie Reynolds is Research Impact Manager at Staffordshire University. She has a PhD in Social Gerontology and her research interests focus on arts, creativity and ageing.
Part one: The Ageing of British Gerontology
Gerontology and Gerontologists
British Gerontologists: Who’s Who
Part two: Learning from the Past
The Development of Gerontology
Key Themes in Gerontology’s Evolution
Part three: Lives and Careers in Gerontology
Becoming and Being a Gerontologist
The Personal and the Professional
Do Gerontologists Retire?
Part four: Informing the future
New Directions for Gerontology